So now that you have a web site and a you choose a domain name, you are going to have to pick a web hosting provider. With so many different companies out there vying for your business, how do you choose the best web hosting provider?
Well, the truth is, there are many different web hosting providers that will do the job just fine for you, so shop around for the best price that provides what you need. We will quickly go over a few things that you should consider when making this very important decision.
Web hosting companies usually use one of two types of server platforms when hosting your web site, Window or Linux. The control panel interface that you get to use with each of these types of servers is easy to use and quite intuitive, so what is the difference? Well, It all depends on what type of a web site you would like to run. Any website that uses a database is going to need a specific type of server platform. If you are going to use ASP and MSSQL for your website, then your best choice is a Windows hosting server. However, if you are going to be using PHP and MYSQL, then a Linux server is the proper choice for you. Many web hosting companies will give you the choice as they use both.
Bandwidth is also a very important consideration when choosing your web hosting provider. This really just means how much data you are allowed to transfer from your site each month. Remember, every time a visitor goes to your website, you are sending them the information that their computer needs to display your web site on their screen. This means if you are running a website with hundreds of thousands of visitors each month, you are going to need a lot of bandwidth. On the other hand if you are running a family website that is visited only a few times each day, then you are not going to need much at all.
Also, make sure that the web hosting provider gives you enough space on their server to hold all of your web site’s files. You are also going to want to make sure that there is room to grow. Uptime is important for any web site, especially commercial ones. Be sure that your web hosting provider guarantees at least 99% uptime for your web site. After all, you do not want your visitors to be presented with an error when they try to access your web site. That is not good for business. You also want to have 24/7 ftp access for your website so that you can easily transfer multiple files to your web server day or night. Other features that may be important to you include access to your own CGI-BIN directory for any scripts that you want to run, a number of pop email accounts, databases, sub-domains, email forwarders, statistics tools for monitoring your web site, etc.
Just remember to consider the above things when choosing your web hosting and you will not go wrong. There are websites online that also provide reviews of particular web hosting providers, so that is a great place to start in your search for the right one.
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